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Stray bullet strikes East Albany home

The hole left Pamela Hawkins kitchen ceiling after stray bullet tore through her roof on the 4th of July The hole left Pamela Hawkins kitchen ceiling after stray bullet tore through her roof on the 4th of July
Pamela Hawkins, Resident Pamela Hawkins, Resident
The hole left Pamela Hawkins kitchen ceiling after stray bullet tore through her roof on the 4th of July The hole left Pamela Hawkins kitchen ceiling after stray bullet tore through her roof on the 4th of July
Pamela Hawkins home on South Maple Street Pamela Hawkins home on South Maple Street
Dorian Brown, Hawkins' son Dorian Brown, Hawkins' son
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

As many people celebrated Independence Day with fireworks and Barbeque, some illegally fired guns into the air.  And one stray bullet made its way into an East Albany home when a family was cooking dinner. 

When Pamela Hawkins heard a stray bullet fly through her roof and nearly struck one of her children, she was in shock.

She immediately called 911 for help, and filed a police report.  But now she said she doesn't see her neighborhood like she used to. 

The bullet hole leaking rain water into Pamela Hawkins kitchen is a reminder of a night she may never forget.

"It kind of makes me a little scared because this is like the first time something like this has ever happened.  So it kind of made me a little afraid of this neighborhood," said Pamela Hawkins, Resident. 

Hawkins said she was across the street at her mother's home, and heard some loud noises just before a stray bullet struck her own home. 

"We was thinking it was firecrackers, 'cause they was all out popping, you know, firecrackers and everything.  But it was like a double 'Boom, Boom," and next thing I know, my son's running across the street to get me," said Hawkins. 

It was at that time she learned her youngest son, Dorian Brown, was nearly killed.  

"The bullet came through my roof, and it hit the dryer.  And when it hit the dryer, it landed over here (points by the sink). It was like a couple of inches from my baby boy, 'cause he was standing like, in front of the dryer," she said. 

But Brown's first instinct after the bullet hit was to run across the street to check on his mother. 

"I really don't know.  I just thought maybe if it come over there...I went to my grandmas house to see if they was alright," said Dorian Brown, Hawkins' son.

Hawkins pregnant daughter and her other son were also in the kitchen, just a few feet from the ricocheting bullet.  She said she was on edge for the rest of the night, but is thankful no one was hurt.

"I had a hard time getting to sleep last night, because they was constantly poppin' off firecrackers and everything.  And my mind was like 'What if it happens again'," said Hawkins 

She said officers heard other gun shots when they arrived to her neighborhood with a mixture of the sound of fireworks.

And her son who narrowly escaped injury is urging people to be aware of the dangers of firing weapons into the air.

"Don't do it no more, you never know who you'll hit," said Brown.

On Friday, the family began working back into their regular routine, but Hawkins said she's keeping an eye out for a new place to live. 

Hawkins said the officer who took the report collected the bullet as evidence, and advised her to find a safe place to stay inside her home for the rest of the night.  She said she thinks the bullet could have been from either a 9-millimeter or a 45-caliber gun.

Officers took the bullet to the LEC for further investigation.  Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the Albany Police Department.  

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